Command and control was the traditional means of management, but it is not well suited for the complex healthcare organizations of the 21st century. Healthcare today demands flexibility, transparency, and quality. Under pressure from increased regulations and declining reimbursements, healthcare needs to grab the attention of the consumer. To do this we must be transparent, […]
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, “Build today a firm and ample base and ascending and secure shall tomorrow find its place.” We CIOs in healthcare have been building a firm and ample based over that past decade. Not that many of us thought in terms of building a foundation when dealing with the hazards and […]
I expected this past weekend to be devoted to thinking about final MU changes, however my attention was drawn to the announcement about Verizon’s entry into the HIE arena. It appears Verizon has launched a Web-based health exchange, something of which I have been advocating for the past year or so, and teamed up with several other players to make it work. MedVirginia, a private health exchange operated in Virginia; Medfx, a company knowledgeable in cloud based health care and practice management solutions; and Oracle for its transaction systems, databases and indices. It’s a good model, as it provides knowledge in the practical operation of an exchange and technology necessary to power it across the Web. But it seems to me the new offering — as bold as it is — has missed a critical component. All of this effort is aimed at moving data from one point to another, but where is the skill set to use that data to transform the way providers deliver care, and what metrics will be used to assess quality?
In the Marx Brothers movie “Coconuts,” a customer walks into a real estate office. Real estate agent (Groucho): “Would you like to buy a lot?” Customer (Chico): “No that’s too much!” Over the years I have had thrust upon me many excuses from project teams on the overdue status of projects. Once on a long drive home I took the time to characterize the statements made to me and came to the conclusion that they actually were the great truths about project leadership. Great truths because the play on words contained therein convey a deeper meaning and relate directly to various issues in project management. They always make me smile; first and foremost they are absurdly funny and have that ”Marx Brother” quality to them.
“When exploring uncharted waters or embarking on a great adventure often the final destination is not necessarily that which was first envisioned. An adventure, by definition is a venture or gamble. Christopher Columbus did not expect to discover a new world; his intended adventure upon embarkation is not why he is remembered today. The same […]